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The Godwin Obaseki led Edo State Government on Monday imposes a 24-hour curfew across the state following attacks and vandalism by hoodlums.
The Edo police command had confirmed the attacks on Ugbekun police station at Oba Market and Idogbo police post by hoodlums posing as #ENDSARS protesters.
While declaring a curfew, the Edo State Government said the movement restriction would commenced from 4pm, October 19, 2020 and would last till further notice.
The government stated this in a statement signed by Osarodion Ogie Esq, the secretary to the state Government.
“This decision has become necessary because of the very disturbing incidents of vandalism and attacks on private individuals and institutions by hoodlums in the guise of #ENDSARS protesters.
” While the government of Edo State respects the rights of its citizens to undertake legitimate protests, it cannot sit idly when hoodlums have taken laws into their hands to cause mayhem on innocent citizens and the state.
” By the directive, schools and businesses are to shut down activities accordingly. Those who cannot move safely are to stay put between now and 4pm till calmness is restored.
” Parents are advised to rein in their children, youths and wards, to forestall further breakdown of law and order.
” The responsibility of government is to protect lives and property and maintain law and order, therefore, anyone found outside in violation of the curfew would be dealt with according to the law.”